Saturday, 4 April 2015

General Election thoughts,Nicola Sturgeon,Human Rights,VICLEKA Belgrade,Northern Soul Corner, VG&SS NSEW Tour,updates/info,L&R Vol3?,Sound of Young Scotland,Sexual Objects, Carol Kaye, Freddie Mercury, Eric's, Cryin' Queerwolf & More,

Clear Blue Skies after Eclipse Reveals Aliens Making Late Getaway

Blog of Three Thirds (and lots of Headings) - The General Election will soon be upon us here in the UK and 'It's all about the cant, 'bout the cant, not the truuth' and if you want to give the election third a miss tab down to just after Shelley's 'The Mask of Anarchy' quote. The second third is all about the Vic and Subway Sect news/updates and then there's the third third which covers everything else. Hard to believe we're on British summertime and that it is only just over a month until the Vic Godard & Subway Sect NSEW Tour starts in earnest with a stonker in Birmingham, all gig details and other goodies below........after the politics (you know, no pleasure without pain!).

Election Thoughts - HARD WON RIGHTS - Personal Preachy Bit.
There are peoples across the globe who can only imagine in their very wildest dreams these rights that we in the EU are privileged to enjoy by law, rights that at least two of the political parties under consideration in the forthcoming UK General Election, Tories and the Faraaage, want to at the very least dilute. I think most of us have forgotten too many of these basic human rights rights however I think it's those seeking election who really need to polish up on them and why the UN created them in 1948 in the first place.
The List provided by Youth For Human Rights International, adapted and simplified from the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ and
part of an article by musician Sarah Melody in SamaritanMag 2009:
http://www.samaritanmag.com/we-have-30-basic-human-rights-do-you-know-them 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
1. We are all free and equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.
2. Don’t discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.
3. The right to life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.
4. No slavery – past and present. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.
5. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.
6. We all have the same right to use the law. I am a person just like you!
7. We are all protected by the law. The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.
8. Fair treatment by fair courts. We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.
9. No unfair detainment. Nobody has the right to put us in prison without a good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.
10. The right to trial. If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.
11. Innocent until proven guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.
12. The right to privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters or bother us or our family without a good reason.
13. Freedom to move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.
14. The right to asylum. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.
15. The right to a nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.
16. Marriage and family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated.
17. Your own things. Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason.
18. Freedom of thought. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.
19. Free to say what you want. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.
20. Meet where you like. We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.
21. The right to democracy. We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every grown-up should be allowed to choose their own leaders.
22. The right to social security. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and child care, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old.
23. Workers’ rights. Every grown-up has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union.
24. The right to play. We all have the right to rest from work and to relax.
25. A bed and some food. We all have the right to a good life. Mothers and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for.
26. The right to education. Education is a right. Primary school should be free. We should learn about the United Nations and how to get on with others. Our parents can choose what we learn.
27. Culture and copyright. Copyright is a special law that protects one’s own artistic creations and writings; others cannot make copies without permission. We all have the right to our own way of life and to enjoy the good things that “art,” science and learning bring.
28. A free and fair world. There must be proper order so we can all enjoy rights and freedoms in our own country and all over the world.
29. Our responsibilities. We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.

And last but not least -  
30. Nobody can take away these rights and freedoms from us.
UNLESS WE LET THEM.


   March Sunset by gnu 2015

http://www.truthdig.com/staff/chris_hedges#bio
  Just a reminder - Who was it who nearly caused global financial meltdown and left behind decades of debt that we The People, (where ever we live) are paying for and will  continue to pay for for the foreseeable future if the political status quo is not given a serious shake up? In the UK, hm, let me see, was it migrants and immigration? No, migrants have boosted the UK's economy. Was it overspending on education, social housing, the NHS, the police, benefits,any other public service or the Arts? No, their budgets have all been slashed. Was it a result of being in the EU? Just, No.  Please Remember it was the greedy bankers/fat cats/hedge funds/global corporations/Oil companies,etc., enabled by the Labour Party, Tories, Lib-Dems and their many and nefarious supporters in successive governments and we are paying for their mistakes and 'errors of judgement'. (They might also like to remember who pays their wages and 'expenses' and remind me, what was it Mr Faraaage did for a living before his more recent banal escapades? That's it, commodities trader.) The only way to let politicians  know we've had enough of the same old cow towing to vested interest at the People's expense is if we have a turn out like the one for the Scottish Referendum.* This is why it seriously ticks me off when a celebrity, who seems happy enough to play up to the third estate's branding of him as one of our (UK's? London's? the world's?) most influential media figures, suggests that young people could follow his example and not bother to vote because there's nothing for them on offer. I suggest, to begin with,  locking this person in a room full of women, from all corners of the globe, for a couple days (think maybe it would only take an hour at most but think he deserves at least two days) to learn why having the right to vote, having the right to vote freely and using that vote is so important. http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/21cc/struggle/suffrage/background/suffragettesbackground.html Then suggest he spend time with people living under the rule of any murderous tyranny who are imprisoned, tortured and dying in the struggle for democracy and the right to speak and choose freely, to name a few - Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan & the other 'stans, Iraq, Iran, Hong Kong, China, Russia, Egypt, ISIS or Taliban or Boko Haram controlled areas.........


However my spirits are not dampened as it is obvious for those who want to listen that young people are politically aware, do NOT agree with standing idly by and understand the power the ballot box wields, appreciating that reducing majorities is an important step in making politicians sit up and take notice.Scroll down this article to find 'A View From A Disenfranchised Youth' -http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/caroline-lucas-reveals-10-things-no-one-tells-you-before-you-first-enter-parliament-10149138.html?origin=internalSearch
(Hard to believe that in the 21st century free snuff is still provided for MPs in the House of Commons!)


The bottom line when all's said is, to quote Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Mask of Anarchy (again!) http://www.artofeurope.com/shelley/she5.htm

Rise like Lions after Slumber
In unvanquishable number
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many, they are few

Anyway whatever your political persuasion.......  


 


*Point of order
If we are the 'United' Kingdom and Westminster based/controlled/funded parties can field candidates in Scotland, ie Labour, Tories, etc., then why can't, say the SNP, field candidates in England, so it's a level field for everyone? In my opinion Nicola Sturgeon knocks the socks off the other party leaders, as a politician, political orator and the only one to demonstrate party leadership skills, which the others seem to lack, in spades, so it's lucky for them that we can't vote for her to be PM and unlucky for us. A tad pathetic (and futile) that some seem so scared of Ms Sturgeon they feel the need to spread spurious slurs about her. Did she crumble? Did she lay down and die? No, she'll survive!  
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/04/nicola-sturgeon-snp-anti-austerity-message-tories?CMP=share_btn_tw    

Now on to what's afoot at gnu inc central and beyond!

Enjoyment
There are many and several definitions of enjoyment ( ref OED) such as pleasure, entertainment, amusement, diversion, recreation, relaxation;comfort, relief, delight, happiness, gladness, joy, fun, gaiety, jollity, satisfaction, gratification;liking, zeal, relish, gusto, etc.



                               VIC GODARD & SUBWAY SECT NSEW TOUR 2015
The North South East West Tour kicked off in style at The Railway Hotel Southend on Sea (see previous blog) and includes Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, London, Brighton, Hastings, Penryn and Dublin.
PS Talking of Southend - Cryin' Queerwolf's Easter gift, free download 'Choc Ice Boy', featuring Kev Daintree  https://soundcloud.com/toska-wilde/choc-ice-boy-featuring-kev-daintree   



16th May
The Seventh Wave Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect, The Cravats 
and Church of Elvis

The Flapper Kingston Row, Cambrian Wharf
Birmingham B1 2NU

22nd May
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Les Clochards & Fishwife’s Broadside
The Wheatsheaf Oxford 

5th June 
Sleaford Mods and Vic Godard & Subway Sect
Koko 1A Camden High Street London NW1 7JE
Advance Tickets: http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/sleaford-mods/koko/2015-06-05-19-00

13th June Spinningchilli Gigs Presents

Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Asbo Derek and The Unreliable Witnesses, featuring ATV’s Lee McFadden
The Green Door Store Trafalgar Arches Lower Goods Yard, Brighton BN1 4FQ
Advance tickets: Resident Records Brighton and http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303635
PS - Lee McFadden's a busy bee, Alternative TV's new album is out in June, as well as the Unreliable Witnesses, he's a Minny Pops and then there's the Dave and Lee Travesty Show, phew. https://www.facebook.com/lee.mcfadden.16?fref=ts
http://croydonradio.com/podcast/show.php?HistoryID=cb0e2115-bf4d-59f9-6319-62acae3f6c70
PPS Simon Rivers & The Bitter Springs and Asbo Derek are playing at The Albert Brighton 25th April https://www.facebook.com/events/623253211113553/ 

INTERMISSION 

   A couple of things occurring during the INTERMISSION - I can't tell you yet about the June Event yet but Vic and the gnu will be heading north for something VERY special. In July Vic is heading to Belgrade for VICLEKA, an exhibition by A M Leka that Vic's been collaborating with Leka on. The limited edition works will be available to buy and 50 of them will include a gnuinc very limited edition CD of the songs referenced in the works. This is not the first time Vic has been involved in one of Leka's exhibitions  and Leka also designed the covers for the gnu inc Live & Rares - and . https://balkanartsandbeyond.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/punk-and-hybrid-print-aleksandar-mladenovic-leka/  http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/LiveandRare_vol1.html
Gnu's done a Vic/Leka history: http://vicgodardandsubwaysect.blogspot.co.uk/p/vicleka.html 
PS Talking of Live and Rares, Vic is still cassette rummaging and fortuitously came upon Lee McFadden's recording of a gig Vic did at the Dublin Castle (7th August 1998, Long Decline supporting - thanks Tracey H for the info) with Pete Saunders and his group. It's a mixture of songs from TROUBLE and Long Term Side Effect and sounds great. It has been dispatched to the Doctor of Music Mike Coe and we're hopeful this will be L&R Vol 3!



Following the intermission it's off to Dublin! Vic's not played there before however he and the gnu did visit Dublin a few years ago for a wedding they didn't actually attend in the end. A long story, at one point Vic & Gnu contemplated breaking in to a boarded up hotel, an alarm already ringing, thinking it was not outside the bounds of  possibility that it was a ruse of the groom's to test the mettle and ingenuity of their guests.......it wasn't! (There may be a couple of readers who attended this wedding in Dublin who may know who I'm referring to.) The Talented Mr Shaw has really been spoiling us with the iconic new poster designs, my current favourites (changes every time Andrew sends a new one!) are the ones for Bernie Connor's Birthday Bash in Liverpool and Fibber Magees Dublin. We are bringing a limited number of the 'Shaw Designs' posters to the respective gigs.   http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/vic_godard_live.html
11th September
Foad Musick Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, The Dubtones, The Gakk and Audible Joes
Fibber MaGees 80-81 Parnell Street, Dublin

October – Trash’d Hastings date TBC

16th October - Another first for Vic, he's not been to Cornwall before.
Vic Godard & Subway Sect + Lost Dawn
Miss Peapods Jubilee Wharf Penryn Cornwall. 
Ticket info to follow


17th October
Death or Glory Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect Plus Support
Exchange 72-73 Old Market Bristol BS2 0EJ
Advance tickets: Bristol Ticket Shop
The Rock Shop Bristol (Only 50p Booking Fee)
https://www.facebook.com/therockshop
13th November
Sounds in the Suburbs Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect AND The Sexual Objects
The Admiral 72A Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA
AND 14th November
Sounds in the Suburbs Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect AND The Sexual Objects
Voodoo Rooms 19a West Register Street
Edinburgh EH2 2AA  
Tickets from Alan Suburb at www.soundsinthesuburbs@hotmail.co.uk
AND Tickets Scotland





 27th November
Children of Godard Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, POST and El Cid
The Cumberland Arms James Place St
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LD



28th November
Bernie Connor's Birthday and it's going to be a cracker!
  
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, The Floormen, Rongo Rongo, Brasshaus + DJs Bernie Connor and Tim O’Shea
The Shipping Forecast 15 Slater Street, LIVERPOOL, L1 4BW
 
Ticket info to follow (will be available from Probe)


Go On Give Your Ears A Treat!



Got your copy of The Sexual Objects 'Cream Split It Up' limited edition 10"?

It's a very lovely piece of heavy duty vinyl, Alistair McKay's review in Uncut on the left. Vic particularly likes 'Robert Quine' as he particularly likes Robert Quine.
https://thesexualobjects.bandcamp.com/album/cream-split-up

A taster - 'Cream Sequence' -



Memories of Eric's Liverpool - Bernie Connor has put together a program of 50 songs from eric's jukebox  including c'mon everybody.....eddie cochran......deck of cards.....prince far-i...my babe.....little walter...sixteen tons.....tennessee ernie ford...taxi!.....deaf school...soul finger.....the bar-kays....soldier and police war.....jah lion....promised land.....johnnie allan...out of sight.....james brown. https://soundcloud.com/bernie-connor/the-sound-of-music-presents-the-last-last-trumpet-50-cuts-from-the-erics-jukebox
I came across this book about Eric's 'Liverpool Eric's - all the best clubs are downstairs, everybody knows that...' by Jaki Florek + Paul Whelan
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/9780954032623/Liverpool-Erics-Best-Clubs-Downstairs-0954032624/plp
(Look at the prices!!)


Sly and Robbies mixtape for The Voice of Cassandre
https://www.mixcloud.com/greggringo/sly-robbie-mixtape-n-277/
and if you missed Vic's http://voixdecassandre.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/secret-files-n-265-vic-godard.html (I wonder how many picked up on 'Victor & The Olympians'!)

Northern Soul Corner 
'Landslide' by Tony Clarke -


and Vic's version live at the Music Machine 1980 -
https://soundcloud.com/gertie-grocott/vic-godard-live-at-music-machine


9-14th May 2015
HeART & Soul Exhibition 

'Wigan Casino Remembered' Northern Soul Art by Neil Thompson Gallery 17, Edinburgh - http://northernsoulart.com/
http://www.offwhere.co.uk/details/heart-soul-exhibition-wigan-casino-remembered-northern-soul-art/7178294/




Fantastic selection of 30 Northern Soul Classics-

And Vic's been doing his bit keeping his Northern Soul end up!
http://www.aedrecords.com/collections/new-releases/products/vic-godard-subway-sect-1979-now
http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/1979_reviews/1979_reviews.html

Recommendations

COMING SOON........Look out for news about the premiere of the first Sound Of Young Scotland film ' The Big Gold Dream' on Vic's FB page and https://www.facebook.com/SOYSFilm?fref=ts


The Big Gold Dream - Trailer 1 from grant mcphee on Vimeo.
Trailer for 'The Big Gold Dream - Scottish Post Punk and Infiltrating The Mainstream'. The story of Fast Product and Postcard Records - Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Fire Engines, Scars, The Human League, Josef K and Scottish Post Punk. Music by Article 58 and Scars.
National article - http://www.thenational.scot/culture/post-punk-postcards-from-indie-pendent-scotland-documentary-charts-an-era-that-changed-music.1649

Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender - Director's Cut 
I watched this fascinating and enlightening documentary on the BBC the other night, I'm not a Queen fan (pomp rock not for me) and I didn't know much about Mr Mercury, for example I didn't know he was lyricist and composer. A complex and intriguing person, highly recommend. The video below is a Queen song I do like, 'Don't Stop Me Now', something quite moving about it with hindsight.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pkbc7/freddie-mercury-the-great-pretender-directors-cut




It's All About The Bass: Carol Kaye at 80 - BBC Radio 4
Carol Kaye is an extraordinary woman, not only an outstanding bass player, who provided bass lines for Phill Spector, Beach Boys, for the M*A*S*H theme, for 'The Way We Were' song, among many others, Quincy Jones considered Ms Kaye indispensable and that's the start of her talents. https://www.carolkaye.com/   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nk25s



That's all, although I may add a few things as they come to me, for now I'll leave you with the OJays very sound advice to join a 'Love Train'. Gert out.x 

March Moon by Gnu 2015
 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Gert's Back! With Vic Godard & Subway Sect updates- 'Southend'(!), upcoming gigs/etc, The Bees,The Sexual Objects,Albert Serra/Tate,War, 'Kes,Willard & Ben',tons of vids/music/pics inc 'Gert's Treat', comment(bit chippy), Spock & More


Gert here, fit as a flee and raring to go so no polite preambles, going to dive right in.


First Gig of the year - 'SOUTHEND'
Vic at The Railway by The Dim Locator

  What a start  to Vic Godard & Subway Sect live 2015! I think everyone at The Railway Hotel Southend-on-Sea on 7th February had a whale of a time. Gary of The Get put on a grand night of musical entertainment. Kicking off with the inimitable and unforgettable Cryin' Queerwolf, then the seaside sound of Kiss Me Quick, then The Get, then the debut of the 2015 VG & Subway Sect, sounding good, Vic's back on guitar and Paddy Pulzer did a great turn standing in for Ian (who's back for the next batch of shows). Vic and the Sect got a lovely warm reception from all the lovely people there and The Railway is another venue to add to the top ten. Already looking forward to a return visit.  

http://www.railwayhotelsouthend.co.uk/#!





Grand review by James Booth in the Essex Echo.
The Get are here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/118148168208793/?fref=ts
Kiss Me Quick here: https://www.facebook.com/kissmequickuk?fref=ts

and you can listen to/Buy Cryin' Queerwolf's EP on Cyclotron here: https://cryinqueerwolf.bandcamp.com/album/the-queer-cant-help-it


The videos below are courtesy of Southend Sites for Southend Punk,  'Southend' (the new Blackpool) and one of the best live Stool Pigeons I've heard. They've got much more from the night including videos of The Get, Cryin' Queerwolf, Kiss Me Quick and Music Of A Werewolf plus photographs, including The Dim Locator's.
http://southendpunk.com/html/soutpunk.htm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/southendsites777/?fref=ts




















Lots more goodies to come - Birmingham, Oxford, London, Brighton, Bristol, Hastings, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and a few more dates to be sorted.  
Info and tickets - http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/vic_godard_live.html
and https://www.facebook.com/vic.godard.3/events
STOP PRESS...... New date 16th October - Miss Peapods,  Penrhyn, near Falmouth, Cornwall - info to follow. http://www.misspeapod.co.uk/
Glasgow and Edinburgh  with The Sexual Objects to be announced soon!

 And talking about The Sexual Objects, 'Cream Split It Up' the long anticipated new limited
edition 10" is now available for your delight and delectation! Buy on line here:
https://thesexualobjects.bandcamp.com/album/cream-split-up
Also available at The Vinyl Frontier Dunbar, Elvis Shakespeare (Leith Walk Edinburgh) and Monorail Music Glasgow.
Free download of Cream Sequence here:
https://thesexualobjects.bandcamp.com/track/cream-sequence


Sunday 1st March 2pm - Lee McFadden and Dave Smith present the first The Dave and Lee Travesty Show on Croydon Radio, playing the obscurest of out there punk 'that will make your ears bleed'! (PS you'll have to watch the podcast or the next one)
http://croydonradio.com/schedule/show.php?HistoryID=68c4777a-0114-3784-a287-34749a123e78


Thinking of a visit to North Norfolk? Then you could kill two birds with one stone and Get your shekels out for a stay at The Control Tower, bag yourself, friends/family some great rewards by making a pledge for the Annexe Project.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-control-tower-needs-you/widget/
Alternatively just book a stay! http://www.controltowerstays.com/
Catch Claire and Nigel on 'Mustard TV' - start of Part 2.
http://www.mustardtv.co.uk/episode/the-mustard-show-218/


Geoffrey Taylor's poignant short film 'Close' is now available to watch on line, it features two of Vic's songs, Birth and Death and Empty Shell'.
https://www.facebook.com/closefilm?fref=ts
http://www.thenewcurrent.co.uk/#!lsff-2014-interview-geoffrey-t/c9uq



Listen again - First broadcast18th September 2014, Trevor Johnson's Another Music In A Different Kitchen on Hive Radio devoted the whole two hours to 30 odd years of Vic and Subway Sect, a veritable Smörgåsbord of songs!




Added/removed a few songs on soundcloud, 'Different Story' live in Paris 1978 one of the 'new' ones https://soundcloud.com/search/sounds?q=Gertie%20grocott
and an EXCLUSIVE treat for you here, found on a mini disc, Vic's 'These Three Things Nearly Always Seem To Sort Of Matter'. If anyone can make out what the three things are let us know! https://soundcloud.com/gertie-grocott/vic-godard-these-three-things

Just about to start reading The Bees by Laline Paull - "Buzzing with sensuous detail and shocking moments, Paull’s intimately-researched look at life in the hive is a surprising reflection of our own structures of power, obedience, and free will." I'll let you know.
http://www.lalinepaull.com/the-bees.html

Going to see Albert Serra: Singularity at Tate Modern on 13th March, part of Albert Serra: Divine Visionaries and Holy Fools .  The initial draw for me? Finding out that there is a performance by the legendary Jordi Valls / VGN Dentana Organ before the films. 
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/film/albert-serra-singularity 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6aFomxVR9Y


Oh me oh my !
Why did the font change above? I know not why.
Can I change it back again? No, I can't......sigh.


Many & Several Things à propos of...................still not altogether sure.

                                                       'Ready or Not' - The Delphonics


In 1969 Ken Loach's second feature film, Kes was released, based on 'A Kestrel For a Knave' by Barry Hines and referred to by some as a masterpiece (I'd be in that camp), it is a bittersweet, haunting story about a Yorkshire boy growing up with few prospects, in a dismal world, whose interest in life is renewed by the love and respect he comes to feel for the kestrel he trains, David Bradley's central performance as Billy quite astonishing. It is equally astonishing that Collin Welland is the only professional actor in this film.  If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it, still resonates, just make sure................oops, nearly let slip a spoiler. This is the original trailer:

More information about the film here: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/480602/
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/a-kestrel-for-a-knave/author/hines-barry/ 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/southyorkshire/sense_of_place/sy_people/barry_hines.shtml

'Compare and Contrast', if you fancy it and for no particular reason, with -

In 1971 the ingenious and scary horror film Willard was released, directed by the esoteric Daniel Mann ( Butterfield 8 and The Teahouse Of The August Moon among others), based on the novel 'Ratman's Notebooks' by Stephen Gilbert. It's about a boy living with his invalid mother in a rat infested building, few prospects, who copes by making friends with one of said rats (one might have thought this would present an insurmountable problem of identification, bearing in mind the almost identical physiognomy of your average inbred sewer rat.) It is not long before he comes up with the idea of training his new found friend (and legions of relatives) to exact revenge on his enemies and then it gets seriously sicko. I've never watched all of it, some scenes it's ears blocked and eyes tight shut but here it is in its entirety.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Fndi62nGI


If you want more you could move on to the sequel 'Ben'* (for * see end of blog).
Ben Part 1 -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeqmAo8fgdE
http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/ratmans-notebooks/author/stephen-gilbert/page-1/
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1939433/Daniel-Man
http://www.esplatter.com/reviewsttoz/willard.htm
Thinking of getting a pet rat? http://www.ratsaspets.net/

Butterfield 8, a favourite of mine, also directed by Daniel Mann and  based on the book by John O'Hara, which in turn is based on the life of flapper Starr Faithful (left). Trailer below.
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/o/john-ohara/  
http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/dangerous-game-starr-faithfull-1931-article-1.798579
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?kn=John+O%27Hara+Butterfield+8&sts=t&x=52&y=9



The World At War
I remember watching this series at school in 1974 and being deeply affected by it, it was my awakening to the reality and scope of man's capacity for inhumanity. The series is currently being repeated on the BBC and available on iplayer and I cannot recommend highly enough.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hkpq6/episodes/player
We didn't learn much though, did we?
 'Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014' Credit: Associated Press/Photo Khalil Hamra http://ap.org/

"A general view of the destruction after what activists said were at least 20 air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus February 5 2015"  Credit: Reuters/Photo Mohammed Badra http://www.reuters.com

I could have chosen any number of photographs illustrating death and destruction in our world.

Where do all the persecuted and displaced people go? Places like this below or perhaps forced to live in unacceptable conditions underground like some in Ukraine.
"A general view of a Syrian refugee camp blanketed in snow in Deir Zannoun village, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Jan. 7, 2015" Credit: Associated Press/Photo Hussein Malla


This bit was meant to flow from the photographs above but I have ended up unexpectedly straying in to some very alarming territory (not that the above isn't all alarming but it's in your face). I found this article, which seemed sensible until I got to the credit and saw Rand Corporation. Now RAND meant nothing (I'm now ashamed to say), it was the 'corporation' that made me feel I should check it out and I found a whole can of some very frightening worms coming out of this 'non profit global policy think tank' (depending on your point of view!!). Here's the thing, now, upon re-reading the article I'm seeing all sorts of hidden agendas going on, so, is it feasible not to tar everyone who contributes to an extremely, scarily powerful group ( and of course they have a presence in Doha, Qatar) with the same wary brush and have I  just turned in to a conspiracy theorist? 

http://strategicstudyindia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/syrian-refugees-blessing-in-disguise.html
If you read this next piece http://mentalfloss.com/article/22120/rand-corporation-think-tank-controls-america your answer may well be an outright no, although you may want to check some of the assertions in this 2009 article by Alex Abella, not a fan of RAND (Soldiers of Reason:The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire 2008), for example "RAND is directly responsible for packet switching, the technology that made the Internet possible" hmmmm, perhaps a glance at this would enlighten the author a bit further, 'How the Brits invented packet switching and made the internet possible' (2010)
http://www.computerweekly.com/video/Video-How-the-Brits-invented-packet-switching-and-made-the-internet-possible 

I don't like labels - 'Radicalisation', an inflammatory, alienating catchword of our times if ever I heard one. I personally find its current ubiquitous use (particularly by politicians and the press) as a catch all label, disturbing to say the least, lumping in the choices of fifteen year old girls with grown men who up sticks to go and hack people's heads off (how many irrational choices did you make  when you were 15??). Indiscriminately and inappropriately applying this designation isn't going to do much for community relations, inclusiveness or trust but will certainly engender further mistrust/distrust and alienation among many.

Original photograph by A M Leka. Gnu interpreted 2015 for T perhaps.

Moving On I heard this on an advert and wanted to hear the whole song, fairly bizarre (there is a stranger one of this though), 'I Put A Spell On You' Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1966), even he can't keep a straight face by the end. (According to Vic the beat of this song has been plundered copiously by the Hip Hop world, including Notorious B.I.G. on Kick In The Door - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRfnWpV4i7E )


 Even more far out is Mr Hawkin's  'Constipation Blues'- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbfnP3nhghk

Vic's eclectic mix tape for The Voice of Cassandre:
https://www.mixcloud.com/greggringo/vic-godard-mixtape-n-265/

If you missed Vic's interview with Ian Carter for Smash It Up -
 http://www.smash-it-up.com/interviews.html



 Coming Soon: 16th March Demon release DVD/CD 'Access All Areas' - Vic Godard live at The Town & Country Club 1992, with Edwyn Collins, Paul Cook, Martin Duffy & Segs.
available to pre-order now -http://www.spincds.com/coming-soon/access-all-areas-cd-dvd-44577





The gnu's new theme tune 'Wooly Bully' by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs. Love the video with the added bonus of a trailer for The Untouchables at the end.


                                                    RIP Leonard Nimoy AKA Mr Spock


*'Ben' by Michael Jackson was my third ever LP after Tommy Steele and The Monkees. Just been listening to it again, I forgot how good it was, some great songs - Greatest Show On Earth, People Make The World Go Round, We've Got A Good Thing Going, Everybody's Somebody's Fool, My Girl.........not a duff one among them (ok, In Our Small Way is a tad naff and Shoo Be Doo Be Doo is a travesty of Stevie Wonder's song, but apart from them ) and as it's pre Mr Jackson's metamorphosis so it's beautifully sung. Here's the whole LP if you fancy a listen - http://musicmp3.ru/artist_michael-jackson__album_ben.html#.VPGw6eEXmSo

                                                     'People Make The World Go Round'

 Adieu until the next time........poor choice of word for an atheist!
 PS Vic and the gnu tried to book their favourite hotel the Knavesmire Manor York for a trip to the races but couldn't find it listed anywhere. This is why, so if you've got a spare £1,000,000! https://www.smithsgore.co.uk/property-for-sale-York-25181118

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Gert's got flu so it's over to gnu! Common Cold,Nobody's Scared,79 Now LP back in stock, Jock Scot,Videos,The Sexual Objects,Harry Papadopoulos,Gigs,Sleaford Mods,Music Machine,Recommendations & tons More!

It's been lurgies galore at gnu inc central over the last couple of weeks and we're only now emerging from the bug fug but personally brain still a bit befuddled so the blog is a bit haphazard as I haven't the energy, clear thought or level of concentration back yet to make everything flow nicely or perhaps even make sense. I mostly put it down to snot, mucus, catarrh, whatever you want to call it, whether it's blocking all pathways to the brain, you are blowing it out, trying to cough-hock it up or swallowing it. In it's defense, it is a line of defense and should you be interested in the question 'Where does all the snot come from?' I recommend this simple straightforward explanation from Professor  Niels Christian Stenklev - http://sciencenordic.com/where-does-all-snot-come 

1979 NOW! vinyl LP Back in Stock! 


http://www.aedrecords.com/collections/new-releases/products/vic-godard-subway-sect-1979-now
Mr 'Hugo Ball' has done a brilliant job with the video below. Born To Be A Rebel & Billy Liar, match made in heaven. Thanks to Trevor Johnson for the link.
http://www.dada-companion.com/ball/




If you missed Vic's and The Wave Pictures' sessions on 10th January 2015 then you're in luck, you can now listen again to deXter Bentley's Hello Goodbye show, on the wonderful community radio station Resonance 104.4FM 'the art of listening', you just never know what you might hear that will pique your interest.
14th February it's deXter Bentley's Pay-As-You-Go Hello Goodbye show, part of the annual fundraising drive for Resonance. Air time for sale at a very reasonable £10 a minute to have your request/s or your own music played.  It's very popular so get in quick.
http://hellogoodbyeshow.com/2015/01/14/the-pay-as-you-go-hello-goodbye-show-2015-resonance-fm-fundraising-drive/
Vic's request is for Hoagy Carmichael's Washboard Blues.
                                              

FIRST GIG OF THE YEAR!  Saturday 7th February
GETTITUDE Presents at The Railway Hotel Southend-on-Sea
Vic Godard and Subway Sect , Kiss Me Quick and The Get PLUS Cryin'Queerwolf to open! It's going to be a stonker!
https://www.facebook.com/events/641668942609138/

Advance (only a couple of weeks to go) Tickets:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/301755
Below is Vic's interview with Kelly Buckley in the Essex Echo Southend-on-Sea edition.
Interview with Kelly Buckley for the Essex Echo


 If you haven't come across the erudite and entertaining correspondents Derek Philpott and Wilf Turnbull  then you are in for a treat. I get the impression that a meticulous process is gone through prior to selecting the chosen few singers/songwriters/groups to whom they write (no one is guaranteed a place in these august annals) and dare I say challenge them to respond, to a detailed dissection and analysis of one of their song's lyrics. It's no mean feat to fashion a reply that doesn't let the side down but there are some gooduns' on the site including Dave Collard's on behalf of the Joboxers and Vic's one.*
 http://www.wilfturnbull.co.uk/DearVicGodard.htm
You may not be able to resist some Philpottery while you're there. (I hope Toby doesn't mind the exposure!)  https://www.facebook.com/philpottery?fref=ts
http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/philpottery-custom-dog-magnets-pop-stars
* Vic's been reading Richard Hell's autobiography I dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp and he just read out a sentence that ended '....his fraternal twin brother.' I think had these words been in one of Mr Hell's songs they may well have attracted the attention of Messrs Philpott and Turnbull's and their dry wit.



The Nobody's Scared video below is from The Seventh Wave Presents @ The Flapper 4th October 2014 filmed by Tracey Holloway. We're all looking forward to coming back for more and it's another brilliant line up.
Saturday 16th May The Seventh Wave Presents 
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, The Cravats and Church of Elvis
The Flapper Kingston Row, Cambrian Wharf Birmingham

Advance Tickets:  http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/vic-godard-and-subway-sect-the-cravats-church-of-elvis/10033647
https://www.facebook.com/events/718108791615440/?ref=23


All Due Respect Magazine #5 features a short story by noir crime writer Paul D Brazil ' The Last Laugh'. The main character is a Mr Godard and the bent copper is a Mr Napper!!! 
http://pauldbrazill.com/ 
http://allduerespectbooks.com/books/all-due-respect-issue-5

The Clash New Year's Day 1977 documentary - the most interesting part of this for me was seeing Mr Rhodes in action.  You can hear Subway Sect practising in the background during an interview, I missed it. If you've a mind it's available to watch until 1st February. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04w08p6/the-clash-new-years-day-77 

GIG NEWS
25 years later! Vic's back at the Music Machine!
Friday 5th June DHP Family Presents

Sleaford Mods and Vic Godard & Subway Sect
Koko Camden High Street London
It seems from FB responses to posting the gig you either love the Sleaford Mods or hate them, no bad thing for an act in my opinion, better than apathy. Personally? Like the sentiments but not really my cup of tea musically however I do think the 'line up', which seems to be what ticks so many off, is pure punk! http://www.sleafordmods.com/videos/

 Vic's thinking about including the whole 1980 Music Machine set (basis of 1979 Now!) in the Sect set for the night, just swapping Landslide with Born To Be A Rebel. Read about the 1980 MM gig here at Kevin Pearce's Your Heart Out blog - yho 13 ...a day to remember. That's if you don't get distracted by Mr Pearce's extraordinary opus 'A Moment Worth Waiting For'. http://yrheartout.blogspot.co.uk/
https://app.box.com/shared/p8s2gx6zrc
https://soundcloud.com/gertie-grocott/instrumentally-scared

Saturday 13th June Spinningchilli Gigs Presents  
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Asbo Derek & The Unreliable Witnesses
The Green Door Store Lower Goods Yard Brighton
Come and join us beside the seaside for a summer's night of pure entertainment and joy, really looking forward to this.

Advance tickets £8 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303635
and Resident Records or £10 on the night

https://www.facebook.com/events/902718473096200/



 More dates confirmed
October DTBC -Trash'd Festival 2015 Hastings 
October 17th - Death or Glory Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect + Support Exchange Bristol. Tickets:
The Rock Shop Bristol (Only 50p Booking Fee) https://www.facebook.com/therockshop
Bristol Ticket Shop- http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/



Exchange- http://www.exchangebristol.com/


November 27th  Children of Godard Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect AND POST The Retreat Newcastle*
 More info/dates to follow, hopefully including Oxford, Leicester, Manchester, possibly somewhere in the South West and of course the Scottish dates.
*A fond farewell to The Star & Shadow as it leaves it's current location.If you are going to be in Newcastle on 28th February the Star & Shadow are throwing a BIG BLOW OUT PARTY for their last night in Stepney Bank. It's going to be popular and it's free entry, so they'll be one one out when capacity reached.  Any/all donations on the night will go towards fundraising for the new Star and Shadow building.
https://www.facebook.com/events/373339072846050/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming 

Vic Godard & Subway Sect Tour Dates & Tickets
                                          Love this, Meghan Trainor 'All About That Bass'    


Coming Soon or Soonish  - End of The Surrey People re-issue on AED Records
DVD Town & Country Club Live 1992 Demon
Stop That Girl on Recorded at the Automat: The Best of Rough Trade Records March 2015
Don’t Split It – Positive Creed Fanzine CD compilation
Live & Rare Vol 3 – Paris? gnu inc
Recording new material?
Sound of Young Scotland nears fruition! https://www.facebook.com/soundofyoungscotland.soys.9?fref=ts

Which does lead nicely into.........
Vic by Harry Papadopoulos

Paisley Museum  16th January - 1st March 2015
What Presence! The Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulos
 If you are going to be anywhere near Paisley while this is on you'd be mad to miss it and it's FREE.

If you can't make it then I highly recommend the very beautiful book of the same name, introduced by Ken McCluskey
http://www.birlinn.co.uk/What-Presence.html

The wonderful Jock Scot is The Idler's Idler Of The Year 2014! Extract from Tom Hodgkinson's interview with Jock. Full interview here:http://idler.co.uk/article/idler-of-the-year-2015/



Been a bit of a hubbub about Davy Henderson's decision to have only one copy of The Sexual Objects's new LP Marshmallow manufactured and then auctioned on ebay with full rights to exploit. The story made it to page 3 of The Independent on Sunday 25/01/2015.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/wutang-clan-and-the-sexual-objects-offer-fans-a-chance-to-own-the-only-copies-of-their-latest-albums-10000903.html
and Davy talks about it here on Front Row BBC Radio 4 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050674t 
All over bar the shouting now, my only caveat is if the successful bidder decides to keep it to themselves it means fans won't get a look in. One of my very favourite Sexual Object's songs and one I love, love hearing them do live is 'Feels With Me'.


The Sexual Objects are playing at Sneaky Pete's Edinburgh Thursday 29th January -
http://www.seetickets.com/event/the-sexual-objects-snide-rhythms-miracle-strip/sneaky-pete-s/841580

A Model for Crowd Funding?

 The Control Tower have got it bang on the nail, you know up front what you are getting in return  for your contribution to the renovation of the Annexe. You can read the history/reviews,  etc and they are  being very generous.I"Everyone who pledges will get an invite to the launch and an opportunity to have their name   listed in any publicity.
The launch will involve afternoon tea and a tour of the tower
£25 - Afternoon tea and tower tour or a limited edition print
£100 - 2 nights stay in the Annex or Afternoon tea for 4 plus private tour of the tower
£250 5 nights in the Annex or 3 in Control l Tower (can be taken as 3 nights and 2 nights i.e. not all at once) £500 - 1 night up to 8 people B&B, with a tour, afternoon tea, and a group dinner 
£1,000  - 3 nights up to 8 people B&B, with a tour, a day at the beach with beach hut, a group dinner and other extras being worked on as we speak"If your interest has been piqued and you fancy pledging or a stay: www.controltowerstays.com  


                                             The Monkees 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone'
   

                      Thanks to Joe Mckechnie for sharing the above clipping from Private Eye.


How come when a member of ISIS beheads someone it is an outrage against humanity yet state sanctioned public beheadings seemingly are not? Just asking, it might help us plebs to understand why the UK had  flags at half mast for King Abdullah, ruler of a regime which has a dire record on human rights including recently sentencing a human being to a 1000 lashes for daring to respectfully raise issues about said regime. Show support for Raif Badawi and find out what he said here - https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/saudi-arabia-free-raif-badawi-flogged-blogger?from=issues 
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/half-masting-of-flags-following-the-death-of-king-abdullah-bin-abdulaziz-king-of-saudi-arabia


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/16/saudi-arabia-postpones-flogging-blogger-raif-badawi
Along with many others I personally find it the height of hypocrisy to listen to those praising the late King for his support in advancing  the cause of reform in Saudi Arabia and for his stabilising influence on the area. Apart from anything else, exactly where is this stability occurring?? Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Libya....................

HUMAN RIGHTS 0 OIL 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999




And Lastly -  “Laurence, Angela likes Demis Roussos. Tony likes Demis Roussos, I like Demis Roussos, and Sue would like to hear Demis Roussos: so please, d’you think we could have Demis Roussos on?”  Abigail's Party  Mike Leigh.
RIP Demis Roussos

                                              
Until the next time, over and out.